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Velodyne says lidar helps camera-based braking systems see pedestrians at night

Even as vehicles are equipped with more advanced driver-assistance systems and detection technologies, pedestrian fatalities are growing exponentially, particularly in the dark.

From 2010 to 2019, nighttime pedestrian fatalities increased by 54 percent, compared with a 16 percent increase in daytime pedestrian fatalities, according to a report last month from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Technologies such as pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking are designed to help prevent such tragedies, but current systems can only go so far. Most of them still rely on cameras to determine if there is something in front of the vehicle, said David Aylor,

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